What has been the biggest game changer in your non gaming computing experience?

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  1. kneehowguys

    kneehowguys Notebook Evangelist

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    What has been the biggest game changer in your non gaming computing experience?

    Something that the average user like me could probably experience today and assuming he doesn't have an ancient computer and is not listed?

    Examples of what I mean:

    - onenote and a digitizer -> hardly use paper notebooks now
    - pocket sized external hard drive -> don't have to find the laptop that has that movie
    - core i3 -> core i7, and I don't think I would ever buy an i3 again
    - external monitors -> don't want to go to single screen ever again

    I am asking because I am just looking for the next exciting thing that will make my own computing experience more enjoyable.
     
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    octiceps Nimrod

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  3. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell?

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    I'll second that... if you haven't already done it, get an SSD.

    It's the only upgrade that's ever made a difference for me (and I only do the usual boring stuff like office and Internet).

    Before SSDs, computers were slow. After SSDs, they were fast.
     
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    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

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    High-resolution display. Before buying my W520, I was stuck with garbage 768p and 900p displays when using laptops and desktops. Now? It better be 1080p or I'm not using it for serious work.

    After that, SSDs were also a big change.

    After that, the TrackPoint. Now I dislike touchpads greatly and would rather use a mouse if I didn't have a TrackPoint-equipped laptop.
     
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    misft33333 Notebook Consultant

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    I went from a 5400 rpm hard drive to an SSD. DEFINITELY worth it.

    I love the keyboard layout of my m6600, the arrow keys are lower than the rest of the keys so I can just glide my fingers beneath the space bar to find it.

    Pg up and pg down is right there with the arrow keys.
     
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    kneehowguys Notebook Evangelist

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    So let's say I go to device manager and find that my disk drive is a

    Samsung MZ7TD256HAFV-000L9

    Is that enough information to tell me that it is an ssd?

    This ebay link gives a product with the same name or does the name "Samsung MZ7TD256HAFV-000L9" have nothing to do with SSD's? Maybe I should not even look at the disk drive? Am I even looking at the right thing?
    Samsung 256 GB Internal MZ7TD256HAFV 000L9 SSD Solid State Drive | eBay

    I have a thinkpad yoga core i7 if that helps at all.

    The other thing that I have wondered is if the internet speed that I get via ethernet is different if I plug directly into a laptop vs with a USB plugable dock. I am doing the latter and am wondering if I will get faster internet if I plug directly into the laptop.

    My thinkpad yoga doesn't have an ethernet port.
     
  7. ajkula66

    ajkula66 Courage and Consequence

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    +1 and add IPS into the mix.

    Agreed...it's pretty hard to go back to a spinner as a boot drive after years of playing with these things.

    To me, TrackPoint would go along with a hi-res panel, if not before it...so it's either #1 or a tie, in my book.
     
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    ajkula66 Courage and Consequence

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    I'd say that you are...and both Samsung and Google agree...

    SSD Product Catalogue | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Samsung+MZ7TD256HAFV-000L9

     
  9. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow

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    I don't even look at computer prices without factoring in like a 240-512 GB SSD.
     
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    Going from a desktop to a laptop was the biggest change in computing I ever experienced. I wish I could go back to a desktop as my primary computer with a laptop as backup, but unfortunately my living situation doesn't allow it.
     
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